Europa’s ‘Earth-Like’ Ocean — “Harbors Seafloor Volcanoes and Potential for Life Billions of Years Old”

 

Jupiter's Europa

 

Scientists have long speculated that Juptiter’s moon Europa has an icy crust covering a vast, global ocean –what Caltech’s Mike Brown describes as a “miniature Earth” ocean. The rocky layer underneath may be hot enough to melt, leading to undersea volcanoes. 

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